Pokstar - mandola, recorder, vocals
[Notes by Pok:] Go to tarapixie.net to see what the desecration is all about. Tara is in the Gahbra Valley, County Meath, northwest of Dublin in Ireland. Its soil contains probably the greatest concentration of Bronze Age sites and relics anywhere, while nearby Neath Douth and Newgrange are Sun and Venus temples that actually predate the pyramids by a thousand years or so. Needless to say, a six lane motorway is being driven through this valley, where a shorter, cheaper route less agravating to the little people could easily be made to the west.
The main songs of this collection were written after staying at the protest camps set up there for a few weeks. All of the tunes belong to earlier tunes from Ireland (except "Trumpets of Tara" which is new words to the tune of a folksong called "High Germany"). The original lyrics to the folk songs I used also pertain to the new meaning and often locations I gave them. For instance, "Soldier's Hill" refers to the same hill where its original "Rising of the Moon" was set in 1798.
"Choking Down This Mean Old Motorway" is a re-write of Woody Guthrie's "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad" (as popularised by the Grateful Dead)
"The Greatest Friend" is the Incredible String Band song (written by Mike Heron)
"One Light" is an excerpt from "Douglas Traherne Harding", also an Incredible String Band song written by Mike Heron
This was all recorded by Nico who saw me busking in Brighton and offered to record me. Starting at his flat at 11pm, I sang through till 6ish in the morning recording these sixteen tracks.
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